It’s the morning after the seventh annual Denver Zombie Crawl, and the streets of the Mile High City are quiet. The pools of blood are all gone, the musical strains of “Thriller” no longer echo on the breeze to a moaning chorus of “BRAAAAAINS!” There’s nothing left on the 16th Street Mall to indicate that yesterday tens of thousands of the living dead swarmed through downtown in what has become Denver’s most unique and truly awesome Halloween tradition.
The Denver Zombie Crawl began seven years ago as a birthday party for Crawl organizer Daniel Newman, a Denver resident and tech inventor with a love for all things zombie. What started out as fewer than 100 people dressed as zombies for a private party became a massive public event within just a few years. Now each year Newman and his close friends and family organize sponsors, performers, and the Guinness Book of World Records for one of the world’s largest zombie crawls and welcome any and all to join.
But what is a zombie crawl, anyway? It’s the finest opportunity for people-watching as a contact sport you will ever see. It’s a bit like a flash mob. Basically, everyone dons their best zombie costume and gathers together before walking along a designated route in character as zombies. Oh, and in a place like Denver the Crawl is huge.
Out of the larger tradition of the Denver Zombie Crawl, many smaller traditions have sprung. Every year the Crawl partners with the Food Bank of the Rockies and collects thousands of pounds of non-perishable food items to donate to the hungry (no word yet on how many donations were collected yesterday).
Boulder’s zombie band The Widow’s Bane has become the official house band of the Denver Zombie Crawl, performing their self-described “zombie pirate death polka” music. Yesterday they came with a political message: Vote Governor Mortimer Leech (the band’s ghoulish and wickedly funny lead singer) for president.
Before the Crawl, zombiephiles had a chance to join in the Organ Trail, an urban scavenger hunt with a zombie theme that led participants around Denver to test their knowledge and skills. It’s part “Fear Factor” and part “Amazing Race” and one of the most fun parts of the Crawl.
And it wouldn’t be the Denver Zombie Crawl without a choreographed rendition of the dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. Yesterday dancers from Denver’s Studio 21 provided the most adorable “Thriller” dance the world has ever seen (most of the dancers were under the age of ten).
This year’s Denver Zombie Crawl was an undeniable success. It has truly earned its place as one of Denver’s finest—and most bizarre—cultural events.
Read on for coverage and photos of the 2012 Denver Zombie Crawl:
- Zombies take over Denver during the 2012 Denver Zombie Crawl.
- Stay Alive: The madness of the 2012 Denver Zombie Crawl after-party
- How to survive the 2012 Denver Zombie Crawl: A guide for the living and undead
Stay informed, stay alive: Denver zombiephiles can find out more information about the 2012 Denver Zombie Crawl at EyeHeartBrains.com. Stay tuned for more information from the Guinness Book of World Records and the Stay Alive Zombie Crawl after-party!
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